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6.8 Quake Shakes Burma

6.8 Quake Shakes Burma

UPDATE: Media reports indicate at least 75 fatalities in the wake of the quake; risk of landslides is high.

A strong earthquakes struck a remote, sparsely populated part of Northeastern Myanmar (Burma), near the border with Thailand on Thursday night local time. The 6.8 quake was followed by aftershocks, but there are no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the affected area. The nearby Thai tourist town of Chiang Rai sustained some minor damage. One woman was killed by a crumbling brick wall in Thailand, and the tremors could be felt some 480 miles away in Bangkok, where one witness reported that his 27th floor apartment was shaking so badly he had to grab the walls to keep from falling.

Due to the remoteness of the area and the famously restrictive military government in Myanmar, it may be some time before the full extent of the damage is known.

The epicenter of the quake was too far inland for any concern over a tsunami, and no warning was issued.

In 2008, Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma, killing 140,000 and displacing hundreds of thousands more. The secretive military government was slow to request and distribute aid, and the suffering has continued in the two years since that storm.

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11:45AM PDT on May 20, 2011

Too many earthquakes recently. Hope there is no loss of lives and no destruction.

7:34PM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Is anyone paying attention out there? Is anyone reading Revelation? I am.

9:23AM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

thanks for this post.

1:31PM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Has there been an increase of earth quakes..or is it just me???
Thank heavens it hit mostly a sparse area and that there will be no casualties.

9:10AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

We MUST pray for HEALING, especially of the earth! There is so much suffering happening around the world.

8:20AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Thanks

3:28AM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

This has been such a difficult year for so many! My heart goes out to the victims of Japan and of course to Burma - such a poor and yet beautiful country. It is true, the Earth is shifting and we are going through a time of powerful transition. And yes, there is more to come. I have been studying this from a Feng Shui perspective and it is fascinating how in this year, according to the Lo Shu River Map the SW/NE indicates great difficulties and sickness... and almost all of the natural disasters this year are occurring on that same axis! With blessings, D

2:07AM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:27PM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

CAROLE BROWN.... Do you accept GAY people ? If not shut the f**k up.

5:13PM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

please see:

http://ecodelmar.org/For_Every_Action/

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